"I have a confidential search for you, Andy. We are going to replace our _______."
Candidly, as a recruiter, I love this call. Sadly, this guy is about to lose his job but before you think I am mildly heartless - KNOW a confidential search is more about someone not fitting in with the culture and more often than not - he just does not mesh with the boss.
Client says this and I launch into questions about what they are looking for, why do they want to manage this individual out and my normal questions in taking this assignment.
Sure enough - they just do not see a future for him - he is not part of the succession plan any longer. Why? The answers were initially a little evasive and I kept asking. What was at the heart of it though?
A lack of awareness.
How do I know? The client shared a lot but one behavior stood out, "When he is following the boss around the office and the plant - "he walks too far behind." Really?! Yes. On the surface, a bit petty but the inference was based on a behavior
You probably have the competence and the training; the hard skills. What about the soft skills? If you are going to succeed your boss, engage, be aware, follow along closely - even when walking.